“It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way”

Nick MartineauBlog

The Raising More Hope People Campaign has truly been an amazing process. I have seen you all respond with an amazing amount of sacrifice and generosity…as well as patience, unity, and love. Thank you!   In this last month we have seen an additional $987,288 be pledged or donated, which brings our Raising More Hope total to $3,439,310. Yay! God!

Because of the outpouring of generosity, our Leadership Team, in complete unity, has agreed to move forward with building the new Kids Wing and the disconnected timber-frame barn. This will add seven new kids’ classes, two special needs classes, and a new 700-seat Big Room. Yay! God!

We have already given the green light to our architect and building team, we commissioned our architectural drawings, and we are currently planning to break ground in fall of this year. Yay! God!

I am excited and grateful…As Steve, our Founding Pastor and Grand Poobah, has cemented in our vocabulary here at Hope, “It doesn’t have to be this way.”

As a church family, I’d really encourage all of us to take some time to look back and ponder what the Heavenly Father has walked us through in these last two years as a church. “It doesn’t have to be this way.” It’s truly amazing, and I’m incredibly grateful!

Last week, I was reading about a similar building project recorded in the Old Testament. In this project, King David and all God’s people came together, raised the funds, and built a new temple. King David’s words have been resonating in my heart.

The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly. David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, “Praise be to you, Lord, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.” 1 Chronicles 29:9-14

I’m grateful for your generosity, I’m excited for what is to come, and I’m overwhelmed that the Heavenly Father would give us the great gift of partnering with Him in this work. Yay! God!